For a long time it looked like [twitter=therealsaigon]Saigon[/twitter]’s debut album, The Greatest Story Never Told, would forever be the story that never made it to the airwaves, but after years of push backs, delays, and label issues, the Brooklyn bred rappers music is finally breathing life for listeners all over the world to experience. So after years of potential, the question that music fans every where are asking is, was this story worth the wait?

Lyrics: 8

Saigon enters this album spitting so much information that to make the lyrics too complex would over power the underlying message of each song, so he instead offers a crisp lyrical approach that is both forceful but easy to comprehend. This does not take away from the overall quality of the lyrical production, it’s just not as fancy as the flash and awe that most rappers choose to highlight in their music.

Production: 9

Any album where the majority of the production is done by Just Blaze and Kanye West, can’t be expected to be anything but great. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the production on this album is top notch, built off of a combination of old school R&B with the soul of the hometown churches. The production fits the lyrics like a glove, and magnifies the introspective feel of the album. There are enough up tempo paces to allow the listener to avoid falling into a complete downer mood from overly mellow production, and the overall flow of the album benefits from this.

Songs: 8.5

Saigon has a gift and a curse. He is utterly honest on his lyrics and touches on topics that are universal through any inner city neighborhood, but he suffers because although his words are true and hard hitting, they are words that have been said by so many before him, that for some listeners it will have no impact. Despite this sobering truth, jams like “The Winner Is”, “Bring Me Down”, “Preacher”, and “Give it to me” should remind listeners why this album can and will become a staple on any play list.

Conclusion: 8.5

There was a time when many of us decided that Saigon’s story would never be told, after years of hype, and false promises, many of us decided to walk away and become fans of the next wave of whoever was coming out. While we did this, he stayed diligent, constantly in the studio, and just when we took a second glance to see what happened, he drops this jewel. Sometimes late is better then never at all, in this case, late was probably the best thing that could have happened.